A Democratic Texas state representative accused Gov. Greg Abbott of playing “political games” with state facemask mandates — and was widely panned on social media for being one of the mask-less lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C.
“W/ classes starting next month it’s time to stop political games. Families deserve clear guidance & policies to keep students, teachers & staff safe,” Texas State Rep. Donna Howard tweeted Wednesday. “Most students haven’t received vaccine, masks must play a critical role. Abbott should lift ban & let school set rules.”
Howard’s tweet was accompanied by an article from the editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman calling on Abbott to lift his ban on school districts imposing mask mandates.
In another tweet, Howard wrote, “We need to follow the science here. Texas needs to change course and allow for universal mask-wearing to prevent spread of the highly contagious delta variant, esp as children under 12 cannot get vaccinated yet.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that Howard was one of several Democrats who were pictured maskless on a private jet while fleeing Texas to avoid voting on an election integrity bill.
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